TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013
As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.
Linda's question, which is to be answered to enter this week's drawing: Which of the mentioned inventions do you feel is essential to your life?
Please leave your comment with your email address in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com to qualify for an ebook version of Linda's novel, The Ring That Binds.
Linda, it’s great to have you at Novel PASTimes today. Could you share with us some of the surprises you’ve encountered along the road to publishing?
Before I started writing fiction, I’d had a command of business English through years of secretarial work and had published several non-fiction articles. My biggest surprise was how different the two types of writing are and all the various craft tricks that needed to be mastered to relay character emotion. The learning curve was long—until I learned the technique of using deep point of view to gain reader empathy. Then my stories started placing in contests run by chapters of the Romance Writers of America.
Widow Celina Innes, a dress shop owner in the small 1886 mining town of Aspen, Colorado, struggles to run her shop and live down her late husband’s bad choices for the sake of her four-year old daughter, Keena. She made the mistake of following after one man’s dream of striking it rich and has sworn not to do it again. Co-owner of Toussaint’s General Store, Mikel, watches this proud woman run a successful business but wishes he could make her life a little easier. He has to be contented by slipping treats to the child in hopes of pleasing her mama. When illness strikes the child, Celina turns to Mikel for help and they work together all night to get past the crisis, deepening their friendship. But when the crisis is over, Mikel disappears from Aspen and Celina learns he is seeking to increase his stores. How could she have been so wrong about the man? Can a woman sworn to put down roots and a man looking for more riches find happiness?
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